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Chocolate Tart

There’s something rewarding about making things at home that you would normally just pick up from a restaurant or bakery. That feeling that you’ve accomplished something so simple, yet so great. That’s how I felt when I made this chocolate tart. Once the crust came out of the oven dozens of ideas popped into my head. Fruit tarts, cream tarts, custard tarts, peanut butter tarts, caramel tarts. I could go on forever, but i’ll get to the recipe instead so you can have your moment too.

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It’s also a win win because it’s a flourless tart.

For the crust

1/2 cup almond meal(or 1/2 cup almonds finely ground)

1 cup rolled oats

3-4 T melted butter

1 egg

1 T sugar

For the filling

1/2 cup dark chocolate

1/2 cup cream

1/4 cup milk

1/2 espresso powder

1/2 t vanilla

Preheat your oven to 350F

I didn’t have almond meal so I just ground almonds until they were pretty fine, and then added the oatmeal, melted butter, egg and sugar. Mix everything together. Then grease a tart tin or a cupcake pan (depending on if you want to make one big tart or 12 individual ones). Press the mixture into the tin and slightly up the sides. Bake for 15 minutes if you’re using the cupcake pan, and 25-30 minutes if you’re making one big tart. The basic idea is to get it golden brown. Once the crust is baked let it cool completely.

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For the filling you can use a double boiler or just a saucepan on very low heat. Melt the dark chocolate, turn off the heat and whisk in the cream and milk. Once the mixture is smooth whisk in the vanilla and espresso powder. Then just pour the mixture into the cooled crust, refrigerate for a few hours, then top with deliciously fresh fruit, or just some whipped cream.

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Croissant Pudding

Oh my word was this delicious! there is nothing more comforting than a big bowl of croissant pudding with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Nothing. I’m thinking of putting this in the breakfast mix as well!

Here’s what you’ll need for a medium sized dish

6 mini croissants (or 3 big ones)

6 slices of white bread

6 eggs

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

1 Tblspn vanilla

1/2 tsp cinnamon

pinch of nutmeg

2 cups milk

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Preheat your oven to 350F. Grease a medium sized baking dish. Cut the croissants and bread into cubes and place in the dish. In a bowl whisk the eggs and sugars. If you want you can just use white sugar, but using the brown sugar gives the pudding a butterscotch flavour. Once the eggs and sugar are completely mixed, add the vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and milk. Whisk until everything is combined and pour over the bread and croissant cubes. Let the mixture soak into the bread and press down to get the top pieces coated. Bake for about 40-45 minutes. Serve with vanilla ice cream and you will have a house full of happy people!

This recipe can easily be made smaller. Just half all the ingredients. You can also use all bread if you want!

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